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DPR Hosts Seventh Annual Doggie Day Swim

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
DC Dog License Required for all Dogs

DPR Customer Service: (202) 673-7647
DPR Aquatics: (202) 671-1289
DPR Media Contact: John Stokes, (202) 288-7275; [email protected]


WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will partner with the DC Department of Health (DOH) to host the Seventh Annual DPR Doggie Day Swim on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 12 pm to 4 pm at DPR's Upshur Main & Kiddie Pool (4300 Arkansas Avenue, NW); Francis Pool (25th & N Street, NW); and Randall Pool (South Capitol and I Sts., SW).

With the end of the outdoor swimming season, this annual event provides dogs with a one day opportunity to partake in the pools, enjoy a swim and play fun aquatics games. DOH will be on location to monitor the health and safety of the pets and their owners; to ensure that all dogs have a DC dog license; and to provide outreach and education on animal related issues.  

Admission is free, however all dogs must have a valid, DOH-issued DC dog license, to enter the pool.  DPR and DOH encourage dog owners to obtain dog licenses prior to Doggie Day Swim.  For more information on how to obtain a dog license, call DOH at (202) 535-2323 or go to the DOH Dog License website page.   Licenses will be issued on site, however dog owners must have all the required documentation (proof of rabies and distemper vaccinations; and proof of spaying/neutering) and fee payment. Only money orders or personal checks are accepted (no credit cards nor cash), made payable to "DC Treasurer."  The cost of the license is $15 for dogs that are spayed/neutered and $50 for non-spayed/neutered dogs.

Follow DPR's social media accounts, @DCDPR on TwitterInstagram or Facebook; using the hashtag #DC_DDS2015 for Doggie Day Swim 2015.  To download the official flyer, click here.

Attendance on the day of the event will be based on capacity at the time of arrival. During Doggie Day Swim, there will be a capacity limit in terms of the number of dogs allowed in the pool at one time; 75 dogs at Upshur Pool, 75 dogs at Randall pool and 150 dogs at Francis Pool.  

To maintain order and to ensure a safe and fun event, dog owners are asked to follow these rules:

  • All dogs MUST have and wear a valid DC dog license.
  • Dog handlers must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Dog handlers cannot swim or enter the pool with their dogs.
  • Dogs must be sociable and remain leashed while on the pool deck.
  • All dogs must be current on vaccinations including rabies and distemper.
  • All dogs must be spayed/neutered.
To volunteer for Doggie Day Swim, please call (202) 535-1952.  

Please note that Doggie Day Swim will take place rain or shine.

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